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Stalinism: New Directions (Rewriting Histories) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0415152334
ISBN-10: 041515233X
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'In terms both of the selection of the contributions and the provision of contextualizing information, this volume is a model of its kind, which should prove immensely valuable not only for students but also for practitioners in the field of Soviet history.' - Maureen Perrie,

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Sheila Fitzpatrick is Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor in History at the University of Chicago
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Product Details

  • Series: Rewriting Histories
  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 11, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041515233X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415152334
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,328,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gregory Canellis on July 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Sheila Fitzpatrick has put together an anthology of essays from the "new generation" of Russian/Soviet scholars to emerge within the last decade. The thread of methodology incorporated here harbors on the social/cultural with a sprinkling of post-modernism with its emphasis on rhetoric and language. All of the essays rely heavily on the availability of new archival sources since the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991. Sarah Davies ("'Us Against Them': Social Identity in Soviet Russia, 1934-41") reveals the "popular mood" of Soviet society through her analysis of anonymous hate mail sent to various ruling boroughs from the "little people" (pp. 47, 55). One is amazed at the oftentimes-brazen attacks coming from a population living within a "totalitarian" state that promotes terror to achieve its political ends. This article is one of the highlights of the book. The Soviet individual is the topic of three of the book's essays. Jochen Hellbeck's ("Fashioning the Stalinist Soul: The Diary of Stepan Podlubnyi, 1931-39) psychoanalysis of the diary of a Kulak's son to reveal one's inner turmoil of conforming to the new Soviet society raises some interesting questions about historical methodology. Vladimir A. Kozlov ("Denunciation and its Functions in Soviet Governance: From the Archive of the Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs, 1944-53") employs a similar approach to explore motivations of written denunciations in the post World War II period. In a slightly different vain, Alexei Kojevnikov ("Games of Stalinist Democracy: Ideological Discussions in Soviet Sciences 1947-52") argues against the Lysenko model claiming not all Soviet scholars and scientist paid lip service to the ruling body. Other pieces take a look at the needs of Soviet society.Read more ›
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